A class about the history of poetry, in a series of classes by Allen Ginsberg in 1975. Ginsberg discusses the work of Ezra Pound, 18th and 19th century poetics, and sound and rhythm in poetry. Ginsberg reads poetry selections, followed by a class discussion. (Continues on 75P008)
First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative reading. The lecture mentions a wide variety of authors, including Alistair Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgment in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs's novel, The Soft Machine. (Continues on 79p044.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature, reality mapping
Second half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative reading. The lecture mentions a wide variety of authors, including Alistair Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgment in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs's novel, The Soft Machine. (Continued from 79p043.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature, reality mapping
byBrownstein, Michael; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
An Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg poetry reading. Waldman reads "Fast Speaking Woman" and other poems. Ginsberg reads "Howl" in its entirety, and other poems. ( 13 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, feminist poetry, beat movement, political poetry
First half of a class with William S. Burroughs discussing various sources for writing, including dreams, voices (external and internal), and cut-up, giving examples from his own work. Burroughs emphasizes the importance of egolessness to the writer and presents his sources as a means to that end. In the course of the discussion, Burroughs airs many of his ideas about consciousness. There are questions and answers halfway through the session.(Continues on 76P021)
End of a class with William S. Burroughs, finishing with a question and answer session with Burroughs responding to remarks about women, non-referential images, non-linear thinking, and telepathy. (Continued from 76p020-021.) Keywords: Beat Movement, Experimental Writing, Aural Poetry, Consciousness and Literature
First half of a class by Amiri Baraka on speech, rhythm, sound, and music. The discussion covers Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amos Moore, John Cage, Robert Duncan, T.S. Eliot, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach, Allen Tate, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and German expressionism. (Continues on 85p087.) Topics: Sound Poetry, New American Poetry, New York School, political poetry, Black Arts Movement
The first class in an Allen Ginsberg course on Expansive Poetics. Ginsberg opens the class with a brief history of the topics of courses he has taught in the past. He then explains his expectations for this course and the material he plans to cover in the sourcebook/anthology he is compiling. He then reads Geza Roheim's Children of the desert, Shelley's Hymn to intellectual beauty, Ode to the West Wind and the end of Adonais. The class discusses rhythm and the expansive breath and how it... ( 1 reviews )
A reading by Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence includes: "The Shepherd," "The Echoing Green," "The Lamb," "The Little Black Boy," "The Blossom," "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Little Boy Lost," "The Little Boy Found," "Laughing Song," and "Holy Thursday." Songs of Experience includes: "Nurse's Song," "The Sick... ( 4 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, visionary poetry, performance poetry
A continuation of a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, Allen Ginsberg draws parallels between Gregory Corso and Shakespeare, reading verse by both authors. Later Allen goes deeper into the text of Act I of Shakespeare's Tempest. This is class 2 of 4.
Part two of a two part series in which Allen Ginsberg discusses the life and work of Jack Kerouac in relation to himself and other figures of the literary scene. Includes some readings from Kerouac's piece entitled, "Vanity of Duluoz." This is part 2 of 2.
First part of a reading by Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure. Anne Waldman introduces the reading that includes Ginsberg performing "Howl," "A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley," and "Supermarket in California." McClure reads "For the Death of 100 Whales," "Jaguar Skies," and "Dark Brown." (Continued on 76p108.) ( 2 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, beat movement, music and literature
First half of a poetry reading at Naropa Institute with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Amiri Baraka, and Steven Taylor performing songs. Ginsberg reads "Howl" and "Footnote to Howl." Taylor sings "The virus will take one in ten" and "As I walked out one morning." Waldman reads "May I speak thus" and other poems. Baraka reads "The mind of the president," "The best kept secret," "Masked angel costume," "Changes... ( 1 reviews )
This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 18, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act I scene 1 and 2 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores, Aristotle's poetic and dramatic theories, Ezra Pound's four parts of poetry, and Ginsberg's own poetic influences...
Tape 4 of an 11 Tape series of a class taught by Allen Ginsberg on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes background on the Futurists, Dadaists, and other literary movents as well as readings of work by such writers as Vladamir Klebnikov and Kurt Schwitters. ( 1 reviews )
Harry Smith describes two Native American ceremonies he witnessed in the early 1940's in the Pacific Northwest. Interspersed with his account of the ceremonies, he discusses tangentially various related topics, including Native American health before the European invasion, Native American sign language, the migration of symbols, misogyny in anthropological accounts of Native American peoples, creation myths, and cosmology. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: spirituality and literature, mysticism
A lecture by William S. Burroughs on public discourse, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Topics included are nuclear weapons, disarmament, the Equal Rights Amendment, aliens, dreams, function of the artist, mind-altering drugs, reincarnation, space travel, television, and economics. Keywords: beat generation, literature and the state, technology and literature, literature and society, protest literature ( 4 reviews )
First half of a workshop with William S. Burroughs comparing his works to those of Jack Kerouac, discussing their writing techniques. Burroughs provides biographical information on where the two met and their relationship. He also discusses what it means to be a writer and how many people are not writers even though they claim to be and have published work. Burroughs responds to questions about his relationship with Kerouac, dreams, and his own literary influences. This workshop took place... ( 4 reviews )
A Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on utopian communities in America, including a 17th century community of mystics founded by Johannes Kelpius and known as The Society of the Woman in the Wilderness. Wilson divides communities into two types: platonic (based on an authoritarian, usually Christian, ideology) and anti-platonic (based on autonomy and equality). He evaluates communities according to how they perceive nature and wilderness, putting his discussion in the context of the differences in... ( 1 reviews )
byBurroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
First half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. The discussion includes rules for wishing, the dogma of science, L. Ron Hubbard, The Big Lie, and sympathetic magic. The class also includes a question and answer session covering subjects such as memory, Henry Miller, dreams in writing, and defining the soul. (Continues on 86p002.) Keywords: beat movement, magic and poetry, mysticism and literature, science and literature, consciousness and literature ( 4 reviews )
This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 20, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act III scenes 1 through 3 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores. This is class 3 of 4.
A compilation of sounds by Harry Smith with chanting, street sounds, singing, poetry, blues, and rock. Includes the Fugs playing, "The Summer of Love," "The Modest Rose," and "Ciao Man." This tape is likely to include sounds made from a microphone hung out of Allen Ginsberg's New York Lower East Side apartment. ( 3 reviews ) Topics: mysticism, consciousness
This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 20, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act IV scenes 1 through 3 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores and quotes from Elizabethan poets, Calderon's La Vida Es Sueno and Henry King's image of a bubble. This is...
This August 1983 recording is of Gary Snyder reading in Boulder for the first time since 1972. It is a selection of poetry from his new work "Axe Handles." The commentary between poems reflects his interest im Buddhism and his travelling and anthropological experiences. He comments on the inspirations for some of his written works. ( 1 reviews )
First half of a Kathy Acker and Michael Brownstein reading. Brownstein reads a selection of poems, including "Paris Visitation," "Distance Between People," and "Breakdown On Broadway." Kathy Acker selections include "Sex Show." (Continues on 79P097)
Recorded March, 9th, 2006 at the Boulder Theater, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth performs his poetry and music as part of a benifit for Burma Life and La Casa de la Esperanza. For the first half of the recording, Thrurston reads poems from his books, Alabama Wildman, What I like About Feminism and Nice War, the latter two in their entirety. The second half is a set of songs mostly from the Sonic Youth Ep, Rather Ripped (release date, June 2006) including, Lights Out, Incinerate, Sleeping Around,...
Allen Ginsberg discusses politics, attitude, anxiety, aggression, and nonviolent action. Ginsberg discusses Rainer Maria Rilke with Philip Whalen, reads an improvised poem, asks a student to do the same, then discusses the process. The tape ends with some talk about Naropa's money problems. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, West Coast poetry, spiritualism and literature, beat...
Second half of a class by Amiri Baraka on speech, rhythm, sound, and music. The class includes a discussion of form over content, a tape of Miles Davis, and a performance by Poetic Justice including David Nelson and Pam Donald. (Continued from 85p086.) Topics: Sound Poetry, New American Poetry, New York School, political poetry, Black Arts Movement
byBurroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
An interview with William S. Burroughs for Loka magazine with additional commentary by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The interview covers topics such as government, the New Age movement, identity, biology, cloning, war, escapism, and gurus. Keywords: beat generation, political poetry, activist poetry ( 4 reviews )
A class by Robert Creeley on topics including Louis Zukofsky, Charles Bernstein, Mac Low, and Ovid's constant and variant notion of public. Topics: New American Poetry, Black Mountain School, 20th century poetry, beat movement, objectivist
Tape 3 in an 11 tape series of a class taught by Allen Ginsberg on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes some discussion of the Russian Futurists and two short readings by Russian Futurist writers.
Sam Charters lecture on Jack Kerouac and jazz at the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The lecture includes discussions on jazz of the Beat generation, be-bop, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and a recording of Kerouac and Steve Allen reading "Mexico City blues." ( 4 reviews )
A reading of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's poetry written in English, as well as his poetry written in Tibetan and translated into English by Trungpa Rinpoche with British and American friends. Trungpa Rinpoche introduces each poem and reads portions in the original Tibetan accompanied by David Rome reading the English texts.
Harry Smith lecture on mythology and cultural practices in traditional and indigenous cultures. Among other topics, he discusses belief in reincarnation, the ceremonial use of peyote, and creation stories. ( 1 reviews )
Allen Ginsberg discusses early 20th century French modernism, focusing on the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire and Jules Laforgue, and the paintings of Paul Cezanne and the Cubists. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: beat movement, protest poetry, literature and society, technology and literature
Diane diPrima discusses Ezra Pound, reading from The Cantos and Personae. From "The Cantos," diPrima focuses on "Canto 13." From "Personae" she focuses on "Exile's Letter" and "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly." Also contains a student reading of "Canto 16." Keywords: New American Poetry, beat movement, imagist poetry, epic poetry, objectivist poetry
First half of a lecture by William S. Burroughs including a tape recorded experiment called "Paranormal Voices," a cut-up experiment of Brion Gysin, experiments with Sommerville, messages from dreams, The Last Words of Dutch Schultz, and phrases of minimal context. Burroughs also discusses Shakespeare, computers, Homer, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Carl Jung. Lecture ends with a question and answer session. (Continues on 76p019.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental...
Second half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing the convergence of Walt Whitman and William Blake, negative capability, meditation and clear seeing. Click for first half of Ginsberg's class. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, Buddhism, spirituality and literature
A class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, in a series of classes from 1975. Ginsburg discusses William Shakespeare and Ben Johnson in detail. Putting poetry to music, and the poet James Shirley are also discussed.
Second half of an Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman reading. Ginsberg reads "Don't grow old," "What's to be done about death," "Monologues," and others. Waldman reads recent letters and journal entries. She also reads the poems "Billy work peyote" and "Plutonium poem," and others. (Continued from 77P093)
Harry Smith discusses Surrealism, liars and poetry, as he spends a good deal of the tape trying to find the poem he wants to read, parody of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Topics: consciousness and literature, experimental writing, mysticism
byBurroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
Second half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. This half contains additional commentary by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. Included is a question and answer session that covers the space shuttle Challenger explosion, lucid dreaming, yoga, feminine energy, DNA, the Dalai Lama, and music. Waldman also discusses the ego, rituals, science and why questions, death, birth, mortality, and the bodhisattva. (Continued from 86p001.) Keywords: beat movement,... ( 1 reviews )
First half of a class with Allen Ginsberg reading and discussing the work of Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth, focusing on their later work. Ginsberg reads examples of Whitman's prose and poems, including "Sands at Seventy," Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey," and examples of Wordsworth's "bad poetry." Ginsberg also reads and discusses Wordsworth's sonnets in favor of capital punishment, "Sonnets on the Punishment of Death." (Continues on 76p072.) Keywords:...